ALPHARETTA, Ga. | Jan White Daigle, age 61, of Alpharetta, GA, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014. Jan was born on December 13, 1952 in New Bern, NC and graduated from New Bern High School and University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Nursing Degree.
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She lived the life of an overcomer. She faced serious health issues as a child and fought a three and a half year battle with breast cancer that took her life on May 12, 2014. Despite these many challenges, Jan was a kind, content and happy person who never complained. She overcame all of these challenges to eventually begin Christian mission work in Peru that resulted in a blessing for many poor people in that nation. Jan's faith in Christ was the source of her power and passion.
As a child growing up in New Bern, N.C., she faced multiple eye surgeries from age 5 to 9. Jan also was born with a heart condition that required surgery at age 12. It was new technology and the first time this particular surgery had ever been performed at Duke Hospital and it was very risky. Without it, however, the doctors said she wouldn't live another year. In April of 1963, a few months before her surgery, an electrical fire destroyed their home in New Bern. Generous community members gave them clothing and furniture and even took them shopping. Their first day in their new house was Nov. 22, 1963 - the day of President Kennedy's assassination. Jan and Gary were both statewide 4-H Club champions and Jan went on to become a national champion like her father.
Jan studied nursing and worked as a nurse in Raleigh, NC and then in Brunswick, GA. She married Richard Daigle September 22, 1979. After they moved to Atlanta in 1984, she worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at DeKalb Medical Center where she was regarded as one of the top nurses on staff.
Jan's passion was medical missions in and around Lima, Peru. She made about 15 trips to Peru since 2001, leading medical mission teams that worked in concert with Peruvian doctors. She and Richard formed the 501c3 Christian ministry Face to Face Missions (www.facetofacemissions.org) in 2010 to take teams to Peru to conduct medical missions, ministry to children, and share the Gospel. Jan made her final trip to Peru last June, even though she was on chemotherapy.
Jan's nature as a loving and selfless woman was arguably most noticeable in her home. She was a faithful and loving wife to Richard for over 34 years. Additionally, Jan was a proud mother of three children, Richie (31), Bethany (24), and Caroline (22). If you were to ask any of them about her, they would tell you that she was by far the best and most loving mom anyone could ever hope for. She continued to be an incredible mom all the way until the very end. She loved her children with an unconditional and unfailing love that will never be forgotten.
Survived by parents Archie and Eunice White of New Bern, NC; brother Gary White of Cove City, NC; husband Richard Daigle and children Richie, Bethany and Caroline Daigle all of Alpharetta, GA. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and brother and sister in-laws.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Northlands Church with Rev Greg Haswell officiating. Burial will take place afterwards at Peachtree Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Face to Face Missions to fund a major medical missions project in Peru that will be in memory of Jan Daigle. On-line condolences can be made at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Funeral Home Peachtree Chapel, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners/Norcross, Georgia 30092. 770-448-5757.
Crowell Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory
5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Published in Sun Journal on May 15, 2014